Alaska Railroad Photograph Collection, 1916-1922
Scope and Contents
Most of the photographs were taken by Alaskan Engineering Commission (AEC) photographers, professional photographers hired to record railroad construction. In addition to construction, people, camps, buildings, and communities along the railroad are shown. The collection includes a series of agricultural photographs, from the Matanuska Valley and Fairbanks, among others. Images of government officials are also identified. Photographers represented in the collection include P.S. Hunt, H.G. Kaiser, Albert J. Johnson and several views by the Sydney Laurence Co. Most images have AEC numbers.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is unrestricted.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be discussed with the Librarian. Photocopying does not constitute permission to publish.
The Alaska Railroad began as the Alaska Engineering Commission (AEC), which was created by President Woodrow Wilson in the Alaska Railroad Act (38 Stat. 305), March 12, 1914, to supervise construction of Alaska’s railways. When railroad construction was completed and the railroad began operating in 1923, the AEC became the Alaska Railroad Commission, later redesignated The Alaska Railroad.
2 boxes : 356 Photographic Prints
Language of Materials
Existence and Location of Originals
The original photographs were given to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
Existence and Location of Copies
Some photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available to view via Alaska's Digital Archives.
Copy prints were made from the borrowed prints and sleeved in Mylar. An item-level inventory is available.
- Finding Aid for the Alaska Railroad Photograph Collection, 1916-1922
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- Processed by: Staff ; Revised by: Staff, 9/12/2004 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Ginny Jacobs, 5/17/2019
- 2019 May
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